- Associated Press - Saturday, March 29, 2014

HARRISON, Neb. (AP) - Boy Scouts soon will be converging on Fort Robinson State Park in the Nebraska Panhandle to plant thousands of trees.

More than 1,100 Scouts from five states are expected to plant 10,000 ponderosa pine seedlings next weekend.

It will be the last gathering in a 25-year effort to restore park trees since wildfires burned through thousands of acres in the park and surrounding area in 1989.

Jim Schmitt, of Dalton, leads the effort, and he says the Scouts have planted 450,000 ponderosa pines since the project began in 1990.

The plantings have been largely funded by the Nebraska Environmental Trust, which has contributed $175,000 through the years.

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